Friday, December 19, 2014

Tana Gets a Christmas Present

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Tana got her Christmas present today, new stairs. Her original stairs had two broken welds, a broken rivet and everything was just weak and loose. Man had replaced one rivet with a bolt and attempted to repair the welds. The weld repairs were failing.  As it is a safety issue, Man decided to replace the stairs.

The research/hunt for new stairs was not as simple as you might guess. The RV dealer here in Tucson wanted a fortune for purchase and another small fortune for installation and they could not promise a set of stairs with a 7 inch rise. I must have a 7 inch rise. I use those stairs several times a night, half awake with a yorkie in my arms.   I (and my elderly knees) don't do 8 inch or heaven forbid 9 inch rises on stairs. However, Man surfed the net and measured and found replacement stairs with a 7 inch rise. Price very reasonable, shipping free (they weigh 57 pounds) and delivered to the campground office 5 days later. WIN!

Since the order was placed Man has been working on freeing up the bolts (painted and rusted on) on the old stairs.

Yesterday the new stairs arrived here in Tucson. Here they are:

The old steps, ready to be dismounted.  The bottom step is folded up, yes, there are three steps.

We had a helper lined up, and today after lunch, Jim Painter and Man set to work.  It did not take them long, maybe an hour and a half.  Ta da!  New steps!

The installers, Man and Jim.  Don't they look smug??

Well done fellas.  Thank you so much.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

White Sands Missile Range Museum, New Mexico

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In November 2014 on our way west, Man and I stopped for 8 nights in Las Cruces New Mexico.  On our bucket list while in the area was the White Sands Missile Range Museum.

If you intend on visiting here are a few hints, but FIRST, visit their web site - - review and verify requirements before you go.  Also be aware that there are times that route Highway 70 may be closed.

1.)  Stop outside the gate, pull over to the right and park.  Go into the visitors center.

2.)  Have picture ID for all visitors.  We also took into the visitors center our auto information, including insurance. We were NOT allowed to drive onto the base, even tho the web site states we could and we did not have to show the auto information.

3.)  When you are registered, you will receive a pass per person, and very specific instructions.  You must stop at the main gate and be processed further. You will need your paper pass and your photo ID again.

4.)  When processed you will be given more specific directions and allowed to pass.  Basically - - stay on the sidewalks!

There are two main parts to the complex, the outside exhibits and inside exhibits.  Here are a few highlights of the outside:

Inside the museum, we found nicely laid out displays.  I was uncertain about photography, I did not see signs about photography and at first found no one to ask about it.  I finally was able to find someone to ask and was told it was OK.  I took a few photos after that of just a few things, these displays caught my attention:

Zoom and read:  Survival Supplies...Drinking Water...17 1/2 Gallons...To Fill...To Dispense...To Reuse as a Commde (dated 1962)

This one is equally interesting:

Again, Zoom and read:  SK IV Sanitation Kit...Supplies 50 Persons...Contents:  Toilet Tissue, Can Opener, Commode Liner, Hand Cleaner, Gloves, Syphone Spout, Tire Wire, Commode Seat, Cups and Lids, Instruction Sheet, Commode Chemical  (dated 1963).

The visitors center handed out a number of brochures and such, even a CD.  It is going to take some time to digest all that material.

All in all, a very interesting day, glad we did not pass it up.